The Sting star was given the degree by officials at Colby College in Maine on Sunday (24May15), and prior to receiving it he gave a speech to students advising them to not shy away from tackling the world's big issues.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Redford said, "You're stepping into a world that's, well, pretty rough. It's pretty chaotic, pretty divisive. You've got climate change, you've got debt, you've got wars, you've got political paralysis. It's kind of a grim story. But the story, I think, can be retold, and I really believe that you're the ones to do it.

"Don't be afraid to take a risk, don't be afraid of failure - be bold."